2007 Cannes Film Festival

2007 Cannes Film Festival

The 2007 Cannes Film Festival, also known as the 60th Annual Cannes Film Festival, ran from May 16 to 27, 2007. Wong Kar Wai's "My Blueberry Nights" opened the festival, and Denys Arcand's "The Age of Ignorance" closed (Wong was the 2006 Cannes Film Festival's Jury president). The President of the Official Jury was British director Stephen Frears.

Feature film competition

Festival line-up

* "My Blueberry Nights," by Wong Kar Wai (Hong Kong-France-China)

* "The Age of Ignorance," by Denys Arcand (Canada)

Films in competition

* "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," by Cristian Mungiu (Romania) - Won Palme D'Or
* "Aleksandra", by Alexander Sokurov (Russia)
* "The Edge of Heaven (film)," by Fatih Akın (Germany-Turkey)
* "The Banishment," by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia-Belgium)
* "Breath," by Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
* "Les Chansons d'amour," by Christophe Honore (France)
* "Death Proof," by Quentin Tarantino (United States)
* "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," by Julian Schnabel (France) - Won Best Director
* "Import/Export," by Ulrich Seidl (Austria)
* "The Man from London," by Bela Tarr (Germany-France-U.K.-Hungary)
* "Mogari no mori," by Naomi Kawase (Japan) - Won Grand Prix
* "No Country for Old Men," by The Coen Brothers (United States)
* "Paranoid Park," by Gus Van Sant (France-United States)
* "Persepolis," by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (Iran/France) - Shared Jury Prize
* "Promise Me This," by Emir Kusturica (France-Serbia)
* "Secret Sunshine," by Lee Chang-dong (South Korea) - Won Best Actress (Jeon Do-yeon)
* "Silent Light," by Carlos Reygadas (Mexico-France-Netherlands) - - Shared Jury Prize
* "Tehilim," by Raphael Nadjari (France)
* "Une vieille maîtresse," by Catherine Breillat (France)
* "We Own the Night," by James Gray (United States)
* "Zodiac," by David Fincher (United States)

Out of competition gala screenings

* "Boarding Gate," directed by Olivier Assayas
* "Go Go Tales," directed by Abel Ferrara
* "L'âge des ténèbres," directed by Denys Arcand
* "Triangle," by Johnnie To, Tsui Hark and Ringo Lam
* "U2 3D," directed by Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington
* "A Mighty Heart," by Michael Winterbottom (United States)
* "Ocean's Thirteen," by Steven Soderbergh (United States)
* "Sicko," by Michael Moore (United States)

Midnight screenings

* "Boarding Gate," by Olivier Assayas (France)
* "Go Go Tales," by Abel Ferrara (United States)
* "U2 3D," by Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington (United States)

Un certain regard

* "Am Ende kommen Touristen," by Robert Thalheim (Germany)
* "L'avocat de la terreur," by Barbet Schroeder (France)
* "El bano del papa," by Enrique Fernandez and César Charlone (Uruguay)
* "The Band's Visit," by Eran Kolirin (Israel)
* "California Dreamin'," by Cristian Nemescu (Romania)
* "Calle Santa Fe," by Carmen Castillo (Chile)
* "Du levande," by Roy Andersson (Sweden)
* "Et toi, t'es sur qui?," by Lola Doillon (France)
* "Kuaile Gongchang," by Ekachai Uekrongtham (Thailand)
* "Magnus," by Kadri Kõusaar (Estonia-United Kingdom)
* "Blind Mountain," by Li Yang (China)
* "Mio fratello è figlio unico," by Daniele Luchetti (Italy)
* "Mister Lonely," by Harmony Korine (United States)
* "Munyurangabo," by Lee Isaac Chung (United States)
* "Night Train," by Diao Yi'nan (China)
* "Water Lilies," by Celine Sciamma (France)
* "Actresses," by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi (France)
* "La soledad," by Jaime Rosales (Spain)

pecial screenings

* "11th Hour," by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners (United States)
* "Fengming, a Chinese Memoir," by Wang Bing (China)
* "Retour en Normandie," by Nicolas Philibert (France)
* "The War," by Ken Burns (United States)
* "Imagination," by Eric Leiser (United States)

60th anniversary tributes

* "Boxes," by Jane Birkin (France)
* "One Hundred Nails," by Ermanno Olmi (Italy)
* "Roman de gare," by Claude Lelouch (France)
* "Ulzhan," by Volker Schlondorff (Germany)

Cannes Classics — Documentaries on Cinema

* "Brando," by Mimi Freedman and Leslie Greif (United States)
* "Lindsay Anderson, Never Apologize," by Mike Kaplan (United States)
* "Maurice pialat l'amour existe," by Anne-Marie Faux and Jean-Pierre Devillers (France)
* "Pierre Rissient," by Todd McCarthy (United States)

Competition shorts

* "Ah Ma," by Anthony Chen (Singapore)
* "Ark," by Grzegorz Jonkajtys (Poland)
* "The Last 15," by Antonio Campos (United States)
* "Looking Glass," by Erik Rosenlund (Sweden)
* "My Dear Rosseta," by Yang Hae-hoon (South Korea)
* "My Sister," by Marco Van Geffen (The Netherlands)
* "The Oates' Valor," by Tim Thaddeus Cahill (United States)
* "Resistance aux tremblements," by Olivier Hems (France)
* "Run," by Mark Albiston (New Zealand)
* "To onoma tou spourgitiou," by Kyros Papavassiliou (Cyprus)
* "Ver Llover," by Elisa Miller (Mexico)


International competition

* Stephen Frears, British director (president)
* Marco Bellocchio, Italian director
* Maggie Cheung, Hong Kong actress
* Toni Collette, Australian actress
* Maria de Medeiros, Portuguese actress
* Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize winning Turkish novelist
* Michel Piccoli, French actor
* Sarah Polley, Canadian actress and director
* Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritanian director

Un certain regard

* Pascale Ferran, French director (president)
* Kent Jones, American writer
* Cristi Puiu, Romanian director
* Bian Qin
* Jasmine Trinca, Italian actress

Camera d'or

* Pavel Lounguine, Russian writer, director (president)
* Renato Berta, Swiss cinematographer
* Julie Bertucelli, French director
* Clotilde Courau, French actress

Cinefoundation and short films

* Jia Zhangke, Chinese director (president)
* Niki Karimi, Iranian actress, filmmaker
* Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, French writer
* Dominik Moll, German director
* Deborah Nadoolman, American costume designer

Additional film programs

Tous Les Cinemas du Monde

"Tous Les Cinemas du Monde" (World Cinema) began in 2005 to showcase films from a variety of different countries. From 19 May to 25 May, 2007, films were screened from India, Lebanon, Poland, Kenya, Guinea, Angola, Slovenia, and Colombia. [cite news | first=| last=| url=http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/archives/programmeDetails/id/10797547/year/2007.html| title=Tous Les Cinemas Du Monde| work=festival-cannes.com|publisher=Cannes| date= |accessdate=2007-05-16]


The first two days of this program were devoted entirely to the cinema of India and included films in a number of different languages. The Hindi film, "Lage Raho Munna Bhai," which screened on May 19 (with Bollywood superstar, Sanjay Dutt, as a Mumbai underworld don, who begins to see the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi), was particularly well received. [cite news | first=Rajeev| last=Masand| url=http://www.ibnlive.com/news/lage-raho-munnabhai-is-hot-at-cannes/40958-8.html| title=Lage Raho ... is hot at Cannes| work=ibnlive.com|publisher=CNN| date=2007-05-20 |accessdate=2007-05-20] [cite news | first=Taran| last=Adarsh| url=http://www.indiafm.com/news/2007/05/22/9442/| title= 'Lage Raho Munnabhai' stuns Cannes | work=indiafm.com|publisher=IndiaFM| date=2007-05-22 |accessdate=2007-05-22] In addition, a Maniratnam film, "Guru," (starring Abhishek Bachchan, Madhavan and Aishwarya Rai and loosely based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani; Bachchan also made a cameo appearance in "Lage Raho Munna Bhai") was also a "critical success". [cite news | first= Anil | last= Sinanan| url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/cannes/article1830602.ece| title=The Sun Rises on the East| work=timesonline.co.uk|publisher=The Times| date=2007-05-24 |accessdate=2007-05-24] Other films included the Hindi film "Dharm," the Malayalam film "Saira", "Missed Call", the Tamil film "Veyil," and the Bengali film "Dosar." [cite news | first= Anil | last= Sinanan| url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/cannes/article1830602.ece| title=The Sun Rises on the East| work=timesonline.co.uk|publisher=The Times| date=2007-05-24 |accessdate=2007-05-24] Another Tamil language Indian film, "Mozhi" was shown in the non-prize category at a later date.


Debuting at the Director's Fortnight was Nadine Labaki's Caramel, a charming dramedy about five women who gather at a beauty salon and deal with their everday problems with men, social expectation, sexuality, and tradition vs. modernizing times. Labaki not only directed and co-wrote the film but plays the lead as well. The rest of the cast is composed mostly of unprofessional actors, all of whom deliver very convincing performances and add a lot of color and depth to the film. Reminiscent of an Almodovar picture, Caramel is unique not just for its technical and creative sophistication but also for not tackling any of the religious, political, or war-related issues that have continued to plague its setting, Lebanon, til now. The film proved to be a sleeper at the festival and was distributed in well over 40 countries, becoming an international hit.


*Palme d'Or (Won by Cristian Mungiu for "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days")
*Grand Prix (Won by Naomi Kawase for "Mogari no Mori")
*Prix du 60ème anniversaire (Won by Gus Van Sant for "Paranoid Park")
*Prix de la mise en scène (Won by Julian Schnabel director of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly")
*Prix du Jury (Won ex-æquo by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud for "Persepolis" and Carlos Reygadas for "Silent Light")
*Prix du scénario (Won by Fatih Akın for "Auf der anderen Seite")
*Prix d'interprétation féminine du Festival de Cannes (Won by Jeon Do-yeon in "Secret Sunshine") avec l'hommage d'Alain Delon pour le 25ème anniversaire de décès de Romy Schneider.
*Prix d'interprétation masculine du Festival de Cannes (Won by Konstantin Lavronenko in "The Banishment")
*Prix un certain regard (Won by Cristian Nemescu for "California Dreaming (film)")
*Camera d'Or (Won by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen for "Les Méduses"
*Le Grand Prix Canal + du meilleur court-métrage for "Madame Tutli-Putli"
*Petit Rail d'Or (presented by "cinephile railwaymen" [http://www.herald.ns.ca/Entertainment/837902.html] ) for "Madame Tutli-Putli"


External links

* [http://www.festival-cannes.com/index.php?langue=6002 Offical Cannes Festival Site (in English)]
* [http://www.filmthreat.com/index.php?section=festivals&Id=2096 2007 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL LINE-UP] from Film Threat online
* [http://gofrance.about.com/od/cannesfilmfestival/a/cannes2007.htm Cannes Film Festival 2007 Coverage]

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